Roundup: Kenneth Simpson Jr., Keith Higgins Jr. continue basketball wizardry

Eric Sondheimer
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Chaminade guards Kenneth Simpson Jr. (left) and Keith Higgins Jr. led the Eagles to a win in their Mission League opener.
Chaminade guards Kenneth Simpson Jr., left, and Keith Higgins Jr. led the Eagles to a win in their Mission League opener. (Eric Sondheimer / Los Angeles Times)

The Mission League opened its basketball season Wednesday, and Chaminade came away with an impressive 72-50 victory over Crespi. As usual, the guard duo of Keith Higgins Jr. and Kenneth Simpson Jr. was spectacular.

Higgins led the way with 26 points. Simpson had 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists and Colin Weems added 12 points. Chaminade is 3-0 overall.

"They played great," Chaminade coach Bryan Cantwell said of the four-year starters headed to Lehigh and Arizona, respectively.

Harvard-Westlake 75, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 42: Cameron Thrower scored 14 points for the Wolverines.

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Loyola 63, St. Francis 60: The Cubs prevailed in overtime on a three-point buzzer beater by Jalen Cox. Jake Goldberg led St. Francis with 18 points.

Servite 65, Sunny Hills 48: Tyler Small finished with 23 points and Andrew Cook 22.

Windward 60, Bishop Montgomery 56: Dylan Andrews scored 16 points, Jaren Harris 13 and Kijani Wright 12 for the Wildcats.

Damien 81, Bonita 52: Malik Thomas finished with 23 points.

Heritage Christian 69, Alemany 61: Isaiah Elohim scored 20 points and Kyle Frelow 19 points.

Oak Park 61, Buena 46: Jackson Alvarez led Oak Park with 21 points.

Baseball

Loyola 2, St. Paul 1: Luca DiPaolo hit a home run and Sammy Morales struck out six in six innings. Nick Goethals picked up the save.

Ocean View 3, Fountain Valley 2: Owen Sideras threw a complete game.

North Torrance 5, La Serna 0: Brynner Waiolama threw a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts.

Orange Lutheran 10, Damien 1: Tyler Gordon went three for three.

Culver City 5, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 0: Alonso Reyes threw five shutout innings.

Palos Verdes 5, Torrance 4: Palos Verdes improved to 6-0. Alex Foreman and Christos Tsangaris each had two hits.

Harvard-Westlake 6, JSerra 4: George Cooper went three for three and Kai Caranto added two hits.

Bishop Amat 10, Birmingham 0: Ryan Verdugo struck out nine and threw a one-hitter. Tyler White had three hits and three RBIs.

Quartz Hill 6, Highland 3: Logan Reddemann picked up his second save for 4-0 Quartz Hill.

Palisades 6, Narbonne 3: Wesley Wells had a two-run single.

Hamilton 11, San Pedro 8: Adam Berman had three RBIs for Hamilton. Gio Crow homered for San Pedro.

Long Beach Poly 5, Calabasas 3: The Jackrabbits won the St. Paul tournament behind MVP Elias Torres, who struck out five in 6 2/3 innings. Poly is 9-1.

Sierra Canyon 4, Redondo 2: Kassius Thomas threw a complete game for Sierra Canyon.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.